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BJP Heads for Third Term in Arunachal; Ruling SKM leads in 28 out of 32 Assembly seats in Sikkim

The ruling BJP surged ahead of the other parties, winning 15 seats while leading on 31 seats as the counting of votes in Arunachal Pradesh is underway on Sunday, almost ensuring itself a third consecutive term.

Counting of votes is under progress in 24 centres in 24 districts across the northeastern state.

BJP candidates are leading on 31 seats including Along (East), Along (West), Anini, Basar, Changlang (North), Changlang (South), Dambuk, Kalaktang, Koloriang, Lekang, Likabali (ST), Lumla, Nacho, Namsai, Nari Koyu (ST), Palin, Pongchau-Wakka.

The National People’s Party (NPP) candidates are leading in six seats including Bordumsa-Diyun, Dirang, Liromoba, Rumgong, and Tawang while the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidates are leading in three seats -- Bordumsa-Diyun, Lekang and Yachuli and People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) candidates are ahead in two seats – Doimukh and Mebo.

Independent candidate Wanglam Sawin has won the Khonsa (East) seat.

The Opposition Congress, which fielded candidates in 19 seats, drew blank so far.  

After the ruling BJP won 10 seats unopposed, elections for the remaining 50 Assembly seats were held on April 19 along with the Lok Sabha elections in two Parliamentary seats in the state -- Arunachal West and Arunachal East.

Besides Chief Minister Pema Khandu was elected unopposed from the Mukto Assembly seat and Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein from the Chowkham (ST) seat, the other eight BJP nominees have been elected uncontested.

The five-year tenure of the outgoing 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly expires on June 2.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Pawan Kumar Sain said that the counting of votes started at 6 a.m. simultaneously in 24 counting centres (48 counting halls) in 24 districts under tight security measures.


Sikkim: Ruling party SKM leads in 28 out of 32 Assembly seats

Ruling party, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), led by Prem Singh Tamang, is currently leading in 28 out of the 32 Assembly seats in the state, as per the early trends. 

The counting of votes for the Sikkim Assembly election commenced at 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Tamang has been aiming to retain power in the state. The halfway mark in the Sikkim Assembly is 17 seats.

Meanwhile, the opposition Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) is leading in only one seat.

Apart from SKM and SDF, candidates from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and Citizen Action Party-Sikkim (CAP-S) are also in the fray in the state Assembly elections.

The majority of the exit polls predicted that SKM would retain power in the state with a substantial majority.

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(Northeast, Northeast News)

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